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  • The European Union officially adopted the Single Permit Directive into law on April 12, 2024


The European Union officially published its Single Permit Directive on April 12, 2024. Under the directive, a third-country worker can apply from the territory of a third country or, if they hold a valid residence permit, from within the EU. If a member state decides to issue a single permit, this decision will serve as both a residence permit and a work permit.

Under a single permit, holders can also change employers without applying for a new residence and work permit. Such a change may be subject to notification to the authorities, and member states may carry out a labor-market check.

EU member states will have two years to transpose the directive into their national legislation.

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Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: European Council, Council of the European Union

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